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Andy Dixon
02-19-2010, 03:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/hp_mediasmart_ex495' target='_blank'>http://www.maximumpc.com/article/re...ediasmart_ex495</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Last year, HP impressed us with its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/hp_mediasmart_ex487" target="_blank">MediaSmart EX487 </a>(February 2009), a Windows Home Server that shipped with proprietary software we actually found useful. The EX495, this year's follow-up, is focused on improving accessibility and addressing user requests. This third-generation Windows Home Server isn't so much an overhaul of last year's machine as it is a calculated iteration; the same unassuming case packs significant hardware and software upgrades that are the most compelling reasons yet to adopt the Home Server platform."</em></p><p><img height="368" src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1266583364.usr11334.jpg" style="border: 0;" width="276" /></p><p>The EX495 was released last year, but Maximum PC have now got their hands on one and given it a positive review, which I think we could guess was going to be the result based on other reviews out there.&nbsp; This has always been a home server I have admired for its small form,&nbsp;looks and features, but the limit of 4 disks (which I could live with),&nbsp;and the fact that the EX495 is not sold in&nbsp;the UK&nbsp;disappoints me.&nbsp; I mean don't HP want my money? Do they think&nbsp;we&nbsp;British can't handle the&nbsp;power of the dual core version? No, I guess not. Shame on you HP, I'll just be spending my cash on the parts for a custom one instead.</p>